Big losses in 3 stocks sink JSE majors

Jamaica stocks had another miserable day when trading closed on the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Tuesday after Caribbean Cement dropped $5, NCB Financial dived $15 and investors knocked $17 off the price of Pan Jam Investments.

The JSE Main market is down but the longer-term trend is still intact.

Trading ended with the All Jamaican Composite Index plunging 10,340.57 points to close at 424,491.85, the JSE Market nosediving 9,356.70 points to 386,871.43 and the JSE Financial Index shedding 1.41 points to end at 105.40.
The market closed with 45 securities changing hands in the Main and US dollar markets with the prices of 9 stocks advancing, 25 declining and 11stocks trading firm. The JSE Main Market activity ended with 40 securities accounting 18,310,178 units valued at $212,273,602 in contrast to 19,892,130 units valued at $229,454,953 from 35 securities on Monday.
Wigton Windfarm led trading with 10.5 million shares for 57.6 percent of total volume, as the price closed a 52 weeks’ low of 57 cents. Sagicor Select Financial Fund followed, with 1.4 million shares for 7.7 percent of total volume and Barita Investments with 982,835 shares for 5.4 percent of the day’s trades
The Market closed with an average of 457,754 units valued at an average of $5,306,840 for each security traded, in contrast to 568,347 units valued at an average of $6,555,856 on Monday. The average volume and value for the month to date amount to 712,275 units valued at $5,099,725 for each security changing hands compared to 733,353 units valued at $5,081,024 for each security traded. Trading in February resulted in an average of 624,731 units valued at $3,239,665 for each security.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows thirteen stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and five stocks closing with lower offers. The PE ratio of the market ended at 15.3, while the Main Market ended at 14.3 times the 2019 earnings.
In the prime market, Barita Investments closed at $53.50, with a loss of $1 exchanging 982,835 shares, Caribbean Cement declined by $5 to $45, in transferring 163,343 stock units and First Rock shed $1 to end at $10, with an exchange of 93,363 units. Grace Kennedy bounced $2.40 to $58, after trading 92,091 shares, Jamaica Broilers lost $3 and finished at a 52 weeks’ low of $24, after swapping 321,989 units, Jamaica Stock Exchange closed $2.90 lower to $20.60, with 32,232 stock units changing hands. Kingston Wharves gained $1 trading 89,349 shares to end at $46, Mayberry Investments shed 50 cents to close at a 52 weeks’ low of $6.50, in swapping 12,368 units, NCB Financial dived $15 to close at $150, in transferring 407,975 shares. 138 Student Living ended with a loss of $1.20 at $5.50, in trading 5,700 units, PanJam Investment tumbled $17 to $78, after exchanging 23,256 shares, Proven Investments closed 99 cents lower at $40, in swapping 5,965 units. Pulse Investments lost 65 cents to finish at $2.70 trading 715,140 units, Sagicor Group climbed $2.49 to $45.50, with 111,697 stock units crossing the market, Salada Foods closed $2.27 lower to $25, with 1,644 shares changing hands. Scotia Group shed $1.18 to settle at $46.82, in swapping 81,985 stock units, Seprod lost 50 cents trading 42,597 units and closed at $40.50, Supreme Ventures ended at $16, with a loss of $1.82 transferring 459,765 shares. Sygnus Credit Investments lost 75 cents to end at $17.25, in swapping 49,449 shares and Wisynco Group declined by 38 cents to $16.62, after 277,802 shares changed hands.
Trading in the US dollar market ended with 84,273 units valued at over US$21,483. The market declined by 2.66 points to close at 207.82. First Rock Capital traded 1,000 units at 9 US cents, Margaritaville lost half of a cent and ended at 19.5 US cents, after transferring 2,322 units. Proven lost 0.8 of a cent in exchanging 69,991 units to close at 27.20 US cents. Sterling Investments gained 0.1 cent trading 1,600 units to finish at 2.50 US cents and Sygnus Credit Investments ended at 14 US cents, with 9,360 shares changing hands.

Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

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